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Alimony in today's world warrants careful consideration

In the past, it was almost a given that an ex-wife would receive an alimony award. Of course, this was during a time when most husbands held down secure employment while most wives tended to the home and cared for the children. In today's world, things have changed. Many women have acquired lucrative careers while many men have loosened their hold on the corporate world.

One thing that has changed very little over the decades is the contentiousness that often accompanies alimony negotiations. An unfortunate element of spousal support conflict is that it is frequently prompted by emotion instead of need. Feelings of anger, hurt and betrayal can and do get in the way of fair negotiations.

Our attorneys help residents in the Kissimmee region of Florida with a range of family law services. We feel a good piece of advice for those embroiled in alimony negotiations is to consider your situation carefully. Whether you are a wife or a husband, here are a few questions you should ask yourself before requesting spousal support.

  • What are your career/income plans after your divorce?
  • Can you maintain a comfortable lifestyle without alimony?
  • How long will you need spousal support in order to get back on your feet?
  • Can your spouse truly afford to pay alimony?
  • Are you seeking alimony based on your need or on your feelings?

By asking these questions and answering them honestly, it is possible walk away from your divorce with your needs met and your dignity intact. For more insight into family law issues, we welcome you to our website where you will find resources for Florida couples and families. Please visit us anytime you need help with legal matters that affect your family.

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